On Thursday, 13 January 2016, Professor Wole Soyinka and other literary personalities held Free Ashraf Fayadh Readings at Freedom Park, Lagos.
Fayadh, 35, a Palestinian artist, curator, and poet, has, according to mondoweiss.net, been sentenced to death by beheading. Saudi Arabian authorities have declared his crime as “apostasy,” or abandoning one’s religion—in this case, renouncing Islam.
Several other charges were also leveled against Fayadh, including allegedly photographing women and storing their pictures on his phone, a violation of the country’s Anti-Cyber Crime Law. He pleaded his innocence to all the charges.
Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka shows support for the #FreeAshraf campaign at the Free Fayadh reading in Lagos.Photo: Idowu Ogunleye
Kunle Ajibade reading from his book tittled Jailed for Life at the Free Ashraf reading
Yemi Afolabi reading a poem from Fayadh at the book event
A young writer reading a poem from Fayadh’s bookPhoto: Idowu Ogunleye
Cross section of participants at the Free Ashraf readingPhoto: Idowu Ogunleye
Participants at the Free Ashraf reading in LagosPhoto: Idowu Ogunleye
Chioma Uwandu reading at the eventPhoto: Idowu Ogunleye …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper